The Maid's Delight

Barcelona or The Maid's Delight is an English Country Dance. It was published by Walsh in 1706 in Twenty four new Country Dances for the Year 1706, London. It was interpreted by Andrew Shaw in 2017 and published in Elephants Stairs. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars.

Walsh writes:
The 1. man go back to back with the 2. wo. and the 1. wo. go back to back with the 2. man, then 1. cu. cross over below the 2. cu. and go back to back with their own Partners, then cast up and cross over into the 2. place, then clap hands and turn their own Partners.

Andrew Shaw points out that Playford published a dance with the same figures in A new Additional Sheet to the Dancing Master in 1688 called The Maids Delight (Playford didn't use apostrophes to mark possessives). That dance was a jig, rather than a slip-jig, and the A strain was only 4 bars (and was repeated). Walsh seems to have copied Playford word for word.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color, however the border of each dancer indicates what role they currently play so the border color may change each time through the minor set.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), turn single, turn single cloverleaf, cast, lead, cross go below, back to back (and probably others).

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